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9 Days in Taiwan: An Overview

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I wish I could say that I’ve seen all of Taiwan in my nine-day trip. But that would be  unbelievable because of two things:

  1. This is my first solo trip abroad, and if you know me, you’d know I most likely spent the first few days of the trip figuring out maps (which I’m really bad at); and
  2. While I have the energy to adjust to different groups of people during out of town/country trips (i.e. workmates, church groups, friends, relatives), left alone, I am a very relaxed person. I’d rather stay and immerse myself in one or two places rather than cram and move from one place to another.

So, no. I did not see all of Taiwan, not even just the whole of Taipei. I know, I know, it’s a small country… a small city (!). But I don’t really mind visiting this small island again and again, like a friend I’m getting to know little by little.

Tourist-ready Taiwan

From the airport, all kinds of bus shuttles to different parts of the island await. Brochures with suggested itineraries, detailed maps, and bus and train schedules are available in at least six languages, including English. It worked that I’ve already read a lot of online travel blogs, and merely compared against the brochures the places of interest I determined to see.

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My Itinerary

AirAsia and Cebu Pacific flights from MLA arrive past midnight at the Taoyuan Airport. If you need to purchase a local sim card or a pocket WiFi, expect to wait until 5:30 AM (the earliest booth to open is Counter 3 located at the right wing of the Arrival area in Terminal 1).

Day 1: I took the bus shuttle going to the Taiwan High Speed Rail Station (THSR). From there, I traveled to Taichung. After checking in my stuff at Mini West Hotel, I explored nearby museums and parks. As I’d only be spending a short time in Taichung, I made sure to experience its famous Fengjia Night Market.

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Day 2: I went to see the Sun Moon Lake in the Nantou District. There’s a Nantou Bus ticketing office nearby the Taichung Railway Station. They sell round-trip tickets so the same bus company took me back to Taichung a little after sunset. I spent another evening at the Fengjia Night Market.

Day 3: I woke up a little late and got myself ready to travel to Taipei. I missed the right train stop on my way to the THSR so instead of getting to Taipei around 3 or 4 pm, I got there past 6 pm. From my hostel in the Zhongzheng District, I walked around Ximending until I’ve decided where to eat.

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Day 4: I went to see the koalas and pandas in Taipei Zoo; challenged my fear of heights by riding the crystal cable car of the Maokong Gondola; had afternoon tea at the Maokong District; took advantage of the Klook discounted ride to the fastest elevator in the world–Taipei 101; and had dinner at Din Tai Fung.

Day 5: I visited the National Palace Museum and its little sister, the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigine, and went to watch people admire the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. Then I took a nap at the hostel to regain some energy for Ningxia Night Market.

Day 6: I joined TourMeAway’s Vintage Walking Tour which was centered in Dao Dao Cheng and Dihua Street. After the three-hour tour, I tagged along a fellow Filipina I met during the walking tour. We went to Beitou for a natural spa courtesy of its Thermal Valley and free hotspring pools. Then, we went to see the famous Rainbow Bridge at the Tamsui area. With Liezel, I had extra motivation to see more despite my tired legs (haha). We went to see the lights show in Ximending, then headed to Raohe Night Market for dinner.

Day 7: This time, I’m really tired so I made it a point to visit a park where I can just sit and read. I lost track of time at the Da’an Forest Park. When it got colder, and I got hungry, I went to see the Bopiliao Old Street which, to my pleasant surprise, was nearby Huaxi Night Market. It’s also in the same areas the Longshan Temple but I did not have time to see what’s inside. On my way to my hostel, I also chanced upon the Lantern Festival a few blocks from Ximending.

Day 8: Early in the morning, I left for Shifen and Pingxi to fly a sky lantern, and experience Taiwan’s countryside version of trains. I still had time to catch a bus to Jiufen but I had difficulty figuring out which bus to take so I settled in exploring Riufang before heading back to Taipei. I loved Ningxia Night Market so I spent another evening there.

Day 9: I went to three coffee shops where I spent the day taking some rest as I know that I’d be heading back straight to work after this exhilarating trip.

Places I wish I had time to see

I still wish I had more time to see more of Taipei, and its neighboring towns. Obviously, famous landmarks like the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Yehliu Geopark, Taroko Gorge, Elephant Mountain among others are missing on my list. Based on what I’ve read and what the locals have told me, I plan to write and determine my Where-to-Next in Taiwan in this Taiwan 2017 blog series. By all means, feel free to share with me if you have recommendations, too.

But overall, I think the things I did and places I’ve visited were more than enough to convince me to love Taiwan second to my home, the Philippines. For that, it should not be a surprise when one of these days, you’d see me in Taiwan sooner than you’d expect.

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the sunday currently, vol. 03

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Hello, hello!

Been a while since I last did this. In the Philippines, the Lenten Season is a huge deal and almost everybody go on a major holiday. The past four days have been great, and as much as I want to not want to go back to work, I am learning to go above that. So let’s change Monday to MonYAY like FriYAY, shall we? 🙂

Anyhow, here’s my third installment of TSC.

reading 50 Crucial Questions by John Piper and Wayne Grudem.
writing my one-post blog about artsy, colorful Hong Kong. 
listening to Switchfoot because I just learned that they will be performing tonight at BGC, and hailing from the south, of course, I could not just go there right away. Magkasya sa Spotify
thinking of Luke 24:5 where the women who visited Jesus’ tomb were asked, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Not just because of Easter Sunday messages, but the question keeps ringing in my head like there is something God wants me to dig deeper about the question.
smelling a little close to nothing because since our HK trip, I have this almost-cold that won’t go away nor won’t push through.
wishing all the answers to my prayers and questions arrive soon.. but I trust the process. I trust His process. 
hoping I could buy myself a new Bible soon. I’ve been relying on YouVersion for quite some time now, and lately, I long to actually hold THE BOOK when reading and meditating on its words. 
loving that the first poem I submitted to Thought Catalog got published! Yay! Shameless plug: please click on this link. Haha. But seriously, when I blogged about the poem for the first time, I never thought people would relate to it, or find it even remotely encouraging. But I’ve received messages that the poem was something they need, or they know somebody who needs the message. So. Much. Love. 
wanting to see the new KathNiel movie (sorry not sorry for being a fangirl), BUT priorities bid me to save every cent for May, June, July, and much later this year. -wink-
needing more catch up dates with friends. How to adult as an introvert and still be a really good friend? Help. HAHA.
feeling all the spring and colorful vibes from people I know personally AND virtually. Spring blooms and I can’t help but receive and radiate it.
clicking and double tapping a lot of IG accounts that scream color and happy.
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Taichung in Photos

So I’ve blogged a quick run of my 9-day trip in Taiwan, shared my own list of the best Taiwanese food, and echoed the announcement of the anticipated Taiwan visa-free travel for Filipino tourists to happen soon (YAY!).

About time, I share few more details, starting off with Taichung.

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Many travel blogs recommended always starting the trip in Taipei. I had to learn the challenging way why so. Taipei eases you in the transportation system, people, and a lot more. So when I went straight to Taichung from Taoyuan Airport, I had very little knowledge how the bus stops and train stations work together. It did not help that I know very little about maps, too.

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View from the High Speed Rail Station in Taichung

My two and half days in Taichung were mostly spent on foot. I was not sure which buses to take; and not many people outside Taipei speak English. Or those who speak English may be those spending the Chinese New Year week at the comfort of their homes — streets were mostly quiet and stores are closed on the week of CNY.

Side-trivia: according to locals, their ancestors thought that the world is about to end on the eve of changing their calendar year (forgot the exact year). This prompted them to store food and stay with families inside their houses for a week until the exact ‘doomsday’. Pretty much 1999-2000 millennium doomsday scenario. But on the first day of that new year, they woke up alive and well. So they all started going out to see if their distant relatives, neighbors, and friends are likewise okay. Of course, they were all fine. Hence, the celebration of CNY. Also, hence the major holiday break and family time during CNY.

Now, as I was saying.. I pretty much walked around Taichung except for the day I took a bus going to the Sun Moon Lake. Which is the reason why I came to Taichung. Little did my mapless brain knew that the Sun Moon Lake is still 4 hours away from Taichung. HAHA. Still, road trips are fun… especially when all I can do was laugh at myself for my blunders during my first two days in the country.

Anyway, not to bore you, here are my favorite photos from Taichung. Make sure to check back for my Taipei stories.

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Park outside the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

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I tested my mini tripod in an area where there was no CCTV 🙂
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Taiwan has lots of public hot spots and it shows how much they wanted to integrate everything for the convenience of their people. I’ll write more about that. 
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To the Sun Moon Lake (where there was no sun the time I went… #superepicfail)
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Still so many people. 

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I still find it funny and silly of me to have walked my way through and to most of these places. And it was still winter transitioning to spring. Imagine the cold. Hoho. 

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Bus stops.. So organized yet I so not understood until I got to Taipei. #waley

Heart Songs: A 30-Day Music Challenge

Some 11 or 12 years ago, I was having mixed emotions about my upcoming birthday. Yep, I went through the emo phase of teenagers. I did not know how to eloquently explain all the swell inside so I just listed down a birthday playlist. I thought, my favorite songs at that time could better explain how I feel.

I didn’t realize until later that such inclination to music and lyrics is part of my personality. Even now, my day’s playlist could go from True Colors to Lose Yourself to A Whole New World to What Do You Mean to Run Baby Run to to Blank Space to… well, you get the picture.

So when I saw this meme from one of the most relatable INFJ-dedicated Twitter accounts – @INFJramblings  – I said, I’d answer this for the next 30 days.

But as an INFJ, I’m a little rebel y’know. So it’s workday lunch break and I figured, let’s just blog this all at once. Tagging some of my old and new blogger friends to do the same — Rose Ann, Ate Gil, Jo, and Krizzia. Let’s pass around a “musical meme,” shall we? 🙂

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 1. A song you like with a color in the title
• Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows
/ Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone /

2. A song you like with a number in the title
• 7 Years – Luke Graham
/ Soon we’ll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold
We’ve traveled around the world & we’re still roaming /

3. A song that reminds you of summertime
• Good Time – Owl City
/ We don’t even have to try
It’s always a good time /

4. A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
• How to Save a Life – The Fray
/ Between the lines of fear and blame
You begin to wonder why you came /

5. A song that needs to be played loud
• Revolution – Kirk Franklin
/ Sick and tired of the church talkin’ religion and,
Yet, they talk about each other, makin’ decisions /

6. A song that makes you want to dance
• Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
/ I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet /

7. A song to drive to
• Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
/ I still remember these old country lanes
When we did not know the answers /

8. A song about drugs or alcohol
• Six Degrees of Separation – The Script
/ But we’re gonna start by
Drinking old cheap bottles of wine /

9. A song that makes you happy
• Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
/ I’m walking on sunshine,
And don’t it feel good /

10. A song that makes you sad
• Run Baby Run – Jason Upton
/ Hear me laughing as you run from your calling
See me crying see me crying in the storms that rage /

11. A song that you never get tired of
• True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
/ You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people /

12. A song that you love from 2011
• A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
/ Heart beats fast
Colors and promises /

13. One of your favorite 70’s songs
• Imagine – John Lennon
/ You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one /

14. A song that you would love played at your wedding
• I See the Light – Mandy Moore
/ All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you /

15. A song that is a cover by another artist
• Safe and Sound – Christina Grimmie
/ Just close your eyes
The sun is going down /

16. One of your favorite songs from a movie
• Lost Stars – Keira Knightley
/ Turn the page, maybe we’ll find a brand new ending
Where we’re dancing in our tears /

17. A song that features your favorite artist
• There’s Gotta Be More to Life – Stacie Orrico
/ I’ve got the time and I’m wasting it slowly
Here in this moment I’m half way out the door /

18. A song from the year you were born
• Alone – Heart
/ Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you /

19. A song that makes you think about life
• The Beautiful Letdown – Switchfoot
/ I don’t belong here
I’m gonna set sight and set sail for the kingdom come /

20. A song that reminds you of your mom
• Top of the World – Carpenters
/ And the reason is clear, it’s because you are here
You’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen /

21. A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
• Meet Virginia – Train
/ You see her confidence is tragic,
But her intuition magic /

22. A song that motivates you
• This is Living – Hillsong Young & Free
/ See the sun now bursting through the clouds
Black and white turn to color all around /

23. A song that you think everybody should listen to
• Chasing the Sun – Sara Bareilles
/ You said, remember that life is not meant to be wasted
We can always be chasing the sun /

24. A song by a band/group you wish were still together
• Rainbow – South Border
/ Take a little time baby
See the butterflies’ colors /

25. A song by an artist no longer living
• Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
/ Wise men say
Only fools rush in /

26. A song that makes you want to fall in love
• Tila – Clara Benin
/ Tila ngumingiti ang araw sa umaga
Mga paru-paro’y naglalaro /

27. A song that breaks your heart
• Stained Glass Masquerade – Casting Crowns
/ Only when no one is watching
Can we really fall apart /

28. A song by an artist with a voice that you love
• Crazy Dreams – Carrie Underwood
/ There’s a little bit of all that inside of me and you
Thank God even crazy dreams come true /

29. A song that you remember from your childhood
• Jesus Loves Me
/ Jesus loves me
This I know
The Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak
But He is strong /

30. A song that reminds you of yourself
• She Used to be Mine – Sara Bareilles
/ She’s imperfect but she tries
She is good but she lies
She is hard on herself
She is broken and won’t ask for help
She is messy but she’s kind
She is lonely most of the time
She is all of this mixed up
And baked in a beautiful pie
She is gone but she used to be mine /

Taiwan for ALL Filipinos!

For a while, let’s pretend that I haven’t followed through my self-promised blog series on my trip to Taichung and Taipei. Maybe this should count as a third installment so as to make the series beyond two links. Haha.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing this impromptu, super happy post is because a Taiwanese news website and our very own ABS-CBN news team reported that starting June 1, 2017, Taiwan will be offering visa-free entry to ALL Filipinos! That’s right, mga kababayanMagdiwang! 

See, last October, they eased on giving visa exemptions to Filipino holders of US, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen and South Korean visa. Given that I have one of those and AirAsia dropped really good seat sales to Taipei as their newest destination in Asia, I  did not think twice booking a trip. Side-note: For now,  those with such visas (even expired) can apply for a free authorization to enter as tourist via the ROC website.

And, as all my loved ones (and IG friends) know, I fell in love with the truly beautiful island. I always joke that the Philippines will always be my one true love but my attraction and strong feelings for Taiwan is something else. They have a rich appreciation of culture preserved for locals and tourists alike, great AND clean fresh food, beyond convenient transportation system, and fun, nice people. You know how they say that people who love to eat are the best people? Well, the Taiwanese has a bunch of night markets and every street does not seem to run out of food stalls and shops. That’s gotta be one indicator.

Also, their tourism office is one of the most organized I’ve seen. Well, not that I’ve seen a lot outside our own #choosephilippines but, you can tell from the airport to the city to the outskirts that its tourism office coordinates well with every other government and private office dealing with people. Amazing. They are not just tourist friendly, they are tourist-ready.

Now, I’m just really glad to know that by June, I don’t have to worry about asking friends and family to apply for visitor visas so I can take them to Taipei. All I have to think of now is how to save, save, save travel funds so I can take my little family there soon. Surely, airlines will have new seat sales coming our way once the Taiwanese Tourism Office makes the official announcement.

To friends, please make me your tour guide when you visit Taipei. Just pay for my airfare. Haha.

Some photos from my first and definitely not the last visit to Taipei. Hope they make you look forward to the announcement and the airline ticket sales. And again, I promise (#selftalk) to really finish my drafted notes about the amazing experience I had in Taiwan. For now, ciao and happy long weekend to everyone in the Philippines!

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*All photos taken by my trusty Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

There is no you.

Update as of April 14: This poem was sitting on my drafts for months until I finally rewrote it a hundred times over, and published it here on my blog. Somewhat feeling good for finishing one draft (#smallvictories), I also submitted this poem to Thought Catalog. I never really thought they’d publish it, but oh they did! Got an email today (happy screencap below) and while unbelievable I can’t help but think that maybe I still can write — even after years of drafts and recycle bins. Please click on my Thought Catalog link here. Thanks!

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There is no you.

There is no you.
I do not think this.
I know.
There is no you.

Back then, I was clueless
Trying to belong to a season
Of writing you letters
As everyone seemed
Too fixated on a future together
With someone named you.

Now, I’m still clueless
About a lot of things
But I know a little more than then
And as surely as
My heart beats
To chase sunsets,
Catch rainbows,
Know and sing of Jesus Christ,
Honor the Philippines,
See places near and far,
Fill my bloodstream with coffee,
And be bright and happy
for my family and friends,
I know there is no you.

My little, fragile, proud heart
Has no time to be a pretty face
For you to see
Much less to speak out her mind
For you to hear
Or to simplify her ironies
For your sake.

Almost three decades
Ten thousand people
A sea of strangers
A pool of familiar faces
A room of acquaintances
A tent of lessons and memories
A table of loved ones
I see no more seat
For you.

Society would say
This is one of the saddest odes
Ever written
They would think me
Scared, or
Scarred
What they don’t know
Is that
I have cried tears of joy
Over beautiful weddings
Have foolishly gushed
Over the sweetest love stories
Each time
Reflecting if I can see that for myself
Each time
I can’t.

You,
The vision of you,
Has faded against my
Sometimes grayed-out
Sometimes colorful
Deeply Vibrant
Filled
Heart.

And it will take a miracle
An expansion
A growth
A renovation
A deeper well
A larger room
For you to exist there once again.

Maybe I will be wrong in the future
But right now
I only see a caffeine-filled journey with Jesus, my family, my country;
There is just no you.

Blogger’s Block [in a world of brands and follower counts]

I lost count how many times I’ve said this: I have a love-hate, on-off relationship with blogging.

A part of me sees it as a personal expression of my creative pursuits, thoughtfully shared to friends who know me offline and online.

A part of me sees it as the huge advertising platform that it has become, where I can wittingly reach a greater number of people. Probably, gain a little more by turning a personal hobby into a small profit.

Blogging has indeed grown into a field with success formula for those willing to build on hobbies–photography, makeup tutorials, traveling, etc. I’ve read a number of blogging tips advising bloggers to pick a theme and stick to it. If you’re into OOTDs, post about it as frequently and regularly. Soon, you’ll have fashion brands collaborating with you. If you travel a lot, share your itineraries, budget hacks, and coolest photos. Soon, you’ll get asked to feature hotels, travel agencies, or even an airline! Oh, imagine the perks!

I really admire those who have worked hard to build an audience and are reaping the fruits of our generation’s virtual world of business, education, and almost everything we can think it to be. I wish the same thing would happen to me (if only I would write consistently).

When I committed to blogging again (and more) this year, I tried to follow the “formula” to gaining more readers turned blog traffic. But doing so would sometimes conflict with the “un-themed” topics I wish to write.

I want to write and take a stand on my country’s issues these days. But that would be too political to mix with travel stories. I want to write about the questions I have yet to find answers to. But that would be too strong for those who do not share my faith, and too weak for those who do.  I want to write about my frustrations, lessons, and musings as a young professional in a world where people screw you just for having convictions. But that would be too personal in a world of confidentiality clauses et al.

And that is where all the words get blocked. I fear too much about what the readers would perceive, I begin to filter out my genuine expressions and thoughts. Then I wonder where has the creativity gone. I listen more to what will bounce back even before I let a word out.

I realize I am measuring blogging success wrong. Follower counts and sponsored posts are merely icing on cake. The real deal, the stuff that makes an artist fully satisfied is the ability to let words flow, organized into something that would benefit one, two, three, or more people outside herself. Being able to make sense of the unheard tangled thoughts and getting it published is success in itself.

So to my dear writer self, blog outside the box. Let the numbers follow or not. Just don’t sleep on your drafts. And find that your voice may be too faint for the overpopulated word wide web, but it will always be enough for those meant to hear (read) it in their silent corners.

Saving Grace

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You are my escape.
I do a pretty good job at messing up this gift called life.
How many wrong turns can there be in a day, a week, a year, a decade?
Is it possible to crush a soul so broken, it could feel like fine sand?
I was once lost and You found me.
Yet my wandering heart navigated unknown territories once again.
All proud and pretending to be brave by letting go of Your hand.
I have done nothing to deserve Your North Star blinking at me in the darkest of nights.
True that I can see all there is in this world, meet all kinds of people and still get hurt.
But to You I will always run back.
When I thought I wanted to drown, You show me that my heart only longs to walk on water with You once again.
When I thought I wanted to escape to a land far away, You show me that my soul only longs to be at home in Your presence once again.
This world is not my home. This life is not all there is. I now understand why we sing You are my Saving Grace.

Favorite Taiwanese Food

At the risk of annoying people because I can’t shut up about Taiwan, I am listing down the best of Taiwanese food that captured my stomach & heart. It’s only been a week since I got home, and yet I have not been able to put out my cravings for those night market basics and all kinds of coffee and tea.

I really wish I attended a cooking lesson during my visit. I also wish that instead of buying face masks (which proved to be as effective as going to Flawless), I bought Taiwanese ingredients for these great food recipes I could have learned.

    1. Beef Noodles
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    2. Braised Pork Rice
      I am a mixed rice person. I love Chao Fan, I make my own mixed rice at home with anything and everything that blends well with soy sauce and other spices. So I didn’t think I’d ever taste a mixed rice so good that all the other mixed rice blends I’ve had would fail into comparison. I can only imagine the patience it takes to get those tender meaty goodness.20170204_132600
    3. Cheese Potato
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    4. Pepper Cake
      This is popular in Raohe Night Market but I am beyond thrilled to have discovered its ‘home’ two blocks away from the hostel I stayed at. No exaggeration that I had this daily, sometimes twice daily. For only TWD50 (about PHP80), this was enough to cover a meal.
    5. Taiwanese Omelet
      Tops even 5-star hotels’ buffet breakfasts where you can order your customized omelet. Made me wonder if there’s magic sprinkled on the soy sauce and other spices they brush on this local breakfast and all-day favorite. 20170205_173310
    6. Pork Barbecue wrapped in veggies
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    7. Fried Chicken
      While they don’t have gravy, the way their fried chicken is served with cheese, corn, and other pepper-y goodness makes one forget about being raised in a gravy-crazy city. Also, Taiwanese-sized fried chicken is the main reason I wished I had family and friends with me on this solo trip. I could not finish one serving! One time, I ate munched on one large chunk of chicken for an entire day. 20170201_192002
    8. Fish sticks
      Sesame seeds on the outside, sweet-salty-spicy filling on the inside. Could get a little messy– I stained my white shirt, but I had to bite and bite while it’s hot. 20170131_154422
    9. Sausages and other stuff on sticks
      At first, I did not get the obsession but it kind of grows on you as you quickly grab a bite while walking around neighborhoods.

       

    10. Dumplings (steamed or fried) and Xiao Long Bao. Din Tai Fung is kweeeen, but those stalls inside train stations and night markets live up to Taiwan’s reputation for good food. Seriously, you can have a lot of reasons to visit this country but FOOD should be topmost.
    11. Coffee in the morning, Bubble Milk Tea in the afternoon, Purple Rice and Red Bean Latte at night, and Fruit Shakes after everything fried in those night markets.

Travel trivia: Did you know that most Taiwanese families do not store food in their small houses? They love everything fresh and prepared right before they eat it. Hence, the boom of day and night markets. Also explains why every street must have a ramen shop, chicken stall, coffee and milk tea shops spread evenly.

Let’s have more Taiwanese food in the Philippines, please? Or better, let’s have more affordable plane tickets so I can visit Taiwan at least once a quarter? Oh, to dream and get snapped back to reality. *laughs and sighs*

the sunday currently, vol. 02

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reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
writing, or rather tracking receipts of my recent overseas trip. 
listening to the loud videoke party of our neighbors.
thinking of the parents’s birthdays this month.
smelling the aroma of a cup of Alishan Oolong Tea Latte.
wishing and praying for my fellow Filipinos affected by the Surigao earthquake…
hoping they would recover soon. 
loving that a few people I know are in Taiwan this month, too. It’s cool that suddenly Taiwan is in everyone’s (at least in circles I know) radar. 
wanting to see a few indie films I’ve missed these past weeks.
needing a breakthrough.
feeling cold. Am I the only one who feels AccuWeather and Google report temperature higher than what is truly felt these days? Haha.
clicking on these America First, [insert country] Second videos. Hilarious! But somebody please make a video out of this post.
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